UCL Workshop: Juries and Evidence in Sexual Offence Prosecutions

This workshop has been co-organised by the UCL Centre for Criminal Law and the UCL Judicial Institute

About this event

In the wake of the Law Commission’s recent opening of a consultation on Evidence in Sexual Offence Prosecutions, this joint workshop by the UCL’s Centre for Criminal Law and UCL Judicial Institute brings together leading experts with a diversity of experience and knowledge to share their insights on how juries respond to evidence in sexual offence prosecutions. Each speaker will present for 15 minutes and there will be time allocated for Q&A.

Date and time 

Thursday 20 July 2023

5pm – 7pm


UCL Faculty of Laws Endsleigh Gardens London WC1H 0EG

How to register 

Register for free via the Eventbrite page.


5:00pm – Welcome by Prof David Ormerod CBE, KC (Hon), UCL Laws

5:05pm – Prof Penney Lewis, Law Commissioner (Criminal Law) for England & Wales, Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College

5:20pm – Dr Lewis Ross, Asst Prof LSE Philosophy, on the Case for Real Jury Research

5:35pm – Ebani Dhawan, UCL Psychology graduate and Duke University student, and Prof Patrick Haggard, UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, on victims’ psychological responses to sexual assault

5.50pm – John Riley, 23ES, a Grade 4 CPS RASSO list panel member and Deputy Chair of the Criminal Bar Association RASSO Committee

6:05pm – Prof Cheryl Thomas KC (Hon), Director, UCL Jury Project & Co-Director, UCL Judicial Institute

6:20pm – Q&A

6:45pm – Brief Concluding remarks


Lecture / Talk Details


Consultation events


20 July 2023